South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations (SDAHO) was awarded a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Rural Health Network Development Planning Grant. The grant is a one-year planning grant from September 30, 2023, through September 29, 2024. The award amount was just under $100,000.00. The Project Director will be Michele Snyders, MSW, CSW-PIP, APHSW-C with the support of other SDAHO team members.
The plan for the grant is to assess the feasibility of a statewide coalition for coordinating and advancing palliative care and hospice services in South Dakota. Network partners who supported the grant application and agreed to participate in the planning process include representatives from all parts of the state, focusing on rural areas where needs are often unmet. They also include different parts of the care continuum. Network partners are:
- Monument Home+ Health and Hospice- Spearfish
- South Dakota State University College of Nursing- Brookings
- University of South Dakota School of Health Science- Vermillion
- Sanford Health- Sioux Falls
- South Dakota Department of Health- Comprehensive Cancer Control- Pierre
- Mobridge Regional Hospital and Clinics- Mobridge
- Medicine Wheel Village- Eagle Butte
The grant will start off with a statewide planning meeting this October in Chamberlain. In addition to the participation of the Network Partners, ten additional Non- Network Members will participate. They represent clinicians currently working in hospice or palliative care, state government agencies, and a state legislator. The final goal for the project is to compile a well-written, feasible statewide strategic plan that will serve as a roadmap to improve access to care for South Dakota residents living with serious illness.
This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $99,958.00 with 0% percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov.